Sudden Arrests, No Information: J&K Residents Learn About UAPA the Hard Way
…. Since the pandemic, police have stopped returning bodies to militant’s families for burial, citing coronavirus as a reason. They have been taking them to Northern Kashmir and burying them in land that is directly under the army’s surveillance.
Police have, in the meantime, allowed funeral services to take place for members of the security forces who have died in attacks by militants.
In such a scenario, residents of Prichoo had decided to dedicate a prayer to Junaid Ahmad’s memory. This was led by Wani. “If carrying out our religious rights can land us in jail, then there is no doubt that a clear attack on our religious freedom has been made. We are helpless,” said 40-year-old Abdul Rashid, a relative of Wani’s….